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“Very Rude owner!!!!”
Review of Bella Vista Ranch

Bella Vista Ranch
Ranked #6 of 21 things to do in Wimberley
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Owner description: The only olive orchard in the hill country also offers berry picking.
Reviewed July 5, 2010

I would have to say this owner was without question the most rude person I have ever dealt with while in Texas. My wife and I have traveled hundreds of miles throughout the Texas Hill country and have had the pleasure of visiting over 25 texas wineries during the last 2 years. Our experience with 24 of those wineries and vineyards have been nothing short of fantastic. Then there is the Bella Visat Ranch..... welcome to the biggest joke of a winery in Texas. I can assure you that these owners officially hate what they are doing for a "living". I experienced everything from short tempers, general disdain for my presence, and an overall poor attitude towards their profession. The owners may be knowledgeable, but this does not give them the right to be rude and disrespectful towards their customers. You would be much better off visiting Fawncrest, Dry Comal Creek, Mandola Estates or Driftwood Vineyards all of which are withing about 60 miles from rudeville... I mean Bella Vista Ranch.

5  Thank montanafirefighter
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Reviewed May 3, 2010

We visited Bella Vista Ranch on Saturday for the 1pm tour and absolutely loved it. Jack was wonderful and gave a very educational, informative, and entertaining presentation that covered everything from the history of Western Civilization and the historical importance of the olive tree, to weather patterns in the Texas Hill Country. After his presentation, given under several old oak trees on the property, he took us for a walk in the olive grove, explained the growing cycle of the trees and how they are harvested, and showed us some of the other crops he is trying to cultivate on the ranch. We then went into the frantoio and he explained the pressing process and the different types of olive oil that can be produced. We ended the tour with a formal olive oil tasting and a tasting of the wines he also produces.

The entire presentation, tour and tasting last about an hour and a half. Jack is a real character and his presentation, the tastings and the beautiful setting are certainly worth the $10 charge for the tour. You can also just do a wine tasting without a tour for $5. Both the olive oils and the wines were fantastic. My only complaint is that the tasting room and retail area was way too small for the size of our tour. Jack may need to expand as word continues to spread about the wonderful things he produces at the Ranch.

1  Thank MrTed
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

We learned so much, and the tour was conducted in such a fresh, innovative and interesting way. The gentleman Jack certainly knows his stuff and his products are amazing.
The dog and a very loving cat were just the best and would gently visit us as we sat and listened to the presentation.
You must take in this presentation if you're in the area...it was wonderful.

1  Thank oliveoil76906
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Reviewed November 1, 2009

Definately NOT a place for preschoolers...the dog, we were warned from the owner, snaps, yet they let it sleep feet from the entrance to the door. Very glum personalities in the shop...not sure if this was were they wanted to end up in life... If you head out this way, go to Mandola's Winery...lots to see and do, and people are very friendly.

3  Thank 1luvthetxhillcountry
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Reviewed February 20, 2007

We took our 10 yr old on a trip to see and experience the olive orchard at Bella Vista. We certainly all learned alot! We did the tour and learned how the tree came to be and how difficult it is to grow them. The owner, Jack, was a great host and certainly knows his "stuff". We tasted fresh olive oil they make there - absolutely delicious - not like the stuff on the shelves of the grocery. We didnt realize they had a vineyard too, and got to taste several wines. All really good- especially the Tejanti - like a nice rose wine.
Its just a short drive north of wimberly and worth the time. They also make several delicious jams as well - I havent had better raspberry jam - all natural and no preservatives!
they are open Thurs - Sun but do the tours only on Sat&Sun. there is a website as well. check it out and learn something too!

4  Thank SAlife
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